This may not be a nice rumor for Nintendo – as if rumors can change perception of a final product. But this one comes at an interesting time. This time a source from Develop has pointed out the Wii U’s possible power – double the power of the Xbox 360.
If true, the Wii U’s power may disappoint developers, with one, speaking under the condition of anonymity, saying the machine is “underpowered compared to what Nintendo announced.” As a result, studios have apparently had to “de-scale their plans.” Some have said that this may have derailed the latest Tomb Raider reboot from Crystal Dynamics but there seems to be nothing indicating from Gamespot’s report of the developer skipping on Nintendo’s new console:
“At this time, no,” said Crystal Dynamics global brand director Karl Stewart. “When we started developing the game we made a conscious decision that it was all about building the game for a platform and making sure the game was specific to that platform. Given that we’ve been working on the game quite a while before Wii U was announced I think it would not be right to try and port it across. If we started building a game for the Wii U we would build it very differently and we would build it with unique functionality.”
Additionally, Develop was unable to confirm the report which they stated was made “late last year”. Yesterday, IGN ran a story saying the next Xbox would have six times the graphical might of its predecessor and be 20 percent more powerful than the Wii U.
Stay tuned as the rumor mill churns.